I am in nursing school
and I'm looking for some advice. I have 4 small children and my husband is a firefighter. I know I want to be a nurse, but the scheduling aspect has been a big concern of mine - just with the potential of my husband and I BOTH having to work a holiday, etc. A friend who is a nurse mentioned various options in nursing with a more consistent schedule, one of them being a PACU nurse in an outpatient facility. I realize that I will likely make less money than in a hospital setting. I also understand that as a new nurse, I will have to take whatever I can get and pay my dues, but I am wondering where I can get the best experience for this type of job. Or if anyone has any advice in general about how to get into a position like this? Do they ever hire new nurses? I appreciate any feedback. Thank you so much!!!
There are some hospital PACUs that are also closed on holidays/weekends. Finding it is the problem. There are PACUs that will hire new grads or floor nurses but it will be hard unless you know how to sell yourself or know someone. PACUs generally like hiring ICU or ER nurses because the transition is a lot easier. Depending on the facility, most of the time, the patients recover okay with no issues. But then there are patients who will obstruct, go into a laryngospasm or just really crash on you. And you need to know what to do. That is when critical care experience is really valuable in the PACU.
Last edit by Dakeirus on Jan 14